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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

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Have questions about your dental care? Great, because we have answers! Patient education is a big part of what we provide here at Park City Dentistry, because the more people know, the healthier their teeth usually are! To quickly boost your dental IQ, we’ve already answered some of the most common questions we receive below. Have a question that we didn’t cover here? If so, feel free to give us a call.

I get nervous visiting the dentist. Can you help me relax?

Many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist, so we have created a comfortable, calm atmosphere for our patients. Our treatment rooms feature natural sunlight and a pleasant view of the mountains. You can watch TVs mounted on the ceiling during your procedure. For patients with extreme nervousness, we have several sedation options, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation.

Do you file dental insurance?

If you have insurance with one of the companies we are in network with, we will file your claim for you. If you have another insurance company, we will gladly file your insurance claim as an out-of-network provider. Please prepare to pay your co-pay or deductible when you visit. We accept assignment of benefits, which means that your insurance provider can reimburse us directly for their portion of your balance. If your carrier does not reimburse us the expected amount, we will adjust your balance accordingly. For answers to your questions about dental insurance, please call us.

What different payment options do you provide?

Our dental office accepts cash, checks, and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. If you need financial assistance, we offer affordable outside financing with CareCredit. If this interests you, please contact our dental office. Currently, we know that deciphering your insurance benefits can be confusing. We can also help you with any insurance concerns. Our dental office team is familiar with most insurance plans and will process the necessary paperwork for you.

How can you make and place a custom crown in just one visit?

With modern dentistry, almost anything is possible. One-visit crowns are a reality that can make your life a little bit easier. We use CEREC technology to create 3D images of dentition, then with an in-office computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), we mill a custom, permanent, lifelike crown. The crown is made of beautiful porcelain that will match your existing tooth color.

How do I know when it is time to come in for a Dental checkup?

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find early signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health problems, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create a host of problems and significant oral damage, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!

Do you refer patients to specialists?

While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our dental office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. We have a trusted network of oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, and pedodontists that can provide the specialized care you need.

What makes you different from any other dental office I could visit?

Dr. Calderwood and our team make patients comfortable. From gentle injections to an inviting atmosphere to patient education, we believe that the comforts we provide will make you feel confident in our dental care. We will treat your entire family, from children to senior citizens, which means convenience and peace of mind for you.